Starting from January 12, 2016, Microsoft will be dropping support for all versions of Internet Explorer other than the recent version for its still-supported operating systems. In practical terms, for Microsoft’s consumer operating systems, that means:
- Windows 8.1: Internet Explorer 11
- Windows 7 SP1: Internet Explorer 11
- Windows Vista SP2: Internet Explorer 9
So if you’re using one of those operating systems and an older version of Internet Explorer, it won’t be long before it stops getting security updates and bug fixes from Microsoft.
If you’re still using a version of Windows that’s older than the ones listed above, then you’re already living on borrowed time — Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April 2014, for example.
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What do the changes mean for me?
If you’re using Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP 1 or Windows 8.1 with a